Grateful Dead Live at Beat Club on 1972-04-21
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
SBD>FM>MR>PCM>DAT>CDR; Including soundcheck, missing 3 songs, see info file for details; via Raoul Duke; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon
- 2004-04-12 13:14:47
- Bremen, GE
- This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
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- Beat Club
Subject: Beat Club YouTube channel
Subject: Some folks trust to reason
- this is excellent.
it is just a tiny part of what was going down
for Europe 72
but as far as video goes
besides 2 sets worth of material
from the previous show
there is just not much video of this tour.
This is the first video of Donna Jean
singing on PITB that I am aware of.
She does not have a large role in this tour.
Subject: Alice D.
Subject: Not a tidbit
After warming up, taping started with a decent Bertha followed by a perfectly tight Playin' with minimal Donnaskreech™. Mr. Charlie is likewise perfect (as almost every night on the tour). Sugaree has a false start and doesn't really take off. One More Saturday Night is way uptempo and, tempered by the setting, the conciseness fits the arrangement . They decide to trust to reason and tape another Playin', because they can. After a false start (the CD notes say Bobby blew the line but, given his comment before, seems he sang "treason" purposefully. Not as adventurous as the first take - just more sitting on the wah. Beat it on Down the Line-7 gets by but the winner is Truckin'. After a false start Jer does Mendelssohn's Spring Song. The story of the composer who faced antisemitism and became an Anglophile is interesting (read about Mendelssohn all from his works) but Jer apparently came to the riff the same way as Merry-Go-Round Broke Down. The restart is tight as hell - one of the best ever, with wildfire solos. The same follows into a hot The Other One. You get to hear some Pig organ, swelling and breathing like it's playing THEM. After it winds down, the taping is done, but they just let it break down and diddle diddle diddle - the formless dead that acolytes (and either you're a head or an acolyte) consistently fail to grasp; but what you witness here is creation itself (okay...songwriting itself).
Grade = A
Playing in the Band - 1st one is nailed
Mr. Charlie - so on the dime and Jer varies each and every night
One More Saturday Night - brisk r-n-r
Truckin' - tightest ever and Jer amazes
The Other One - both tight and extremely exploratory, taking advantage of the atmosphere
SOURCES: The slow-pitched soundboard does no justice compared to the official release, but does have the two warm-up songs. The video portion is usually on Youtube. Only Saturday Night was used for the show and the official Beat-Club DVDs but a whole-show DVD circulates/sells. Both audio and video versions cut the banter in different places (Jer does a brief Teddy Bear's Picnic before BioDtL). Of all the boys' TV-studio appearances, this is perhaps the most entertaining because they have the most freedom and they put out a focused, tight, yet progressive set (and melted down the staff). One of the most entertaining single discs of the steamer trunk box.
Subject: Some diamonds here...
Subject: No audience
I have only sampled the sound a little on this as of yet. The sound quality isn't bad for something this old. I am going to give it 4 stars because the only realy bad thing about a Grateful Dead concrt is not being able to hear it at all.
Subject: Poor sound quality/lackluster performance...
Perhaps the weakest performance of the European tour. Not particularly well played and the sound quality is somewhat problematic. Still, the short Playin' in the Band is a decent performance while The 23 minute Other One has its moments and contains a couple of interesting passages, the most compelling of which are a brief melodic jam immediately after the intro and a particularly intense Garcia solo starting around the 13 minute mark. (90 pts)
Subject: "someone's fucking up"
Subject: more magic from Europe in 1972
The tape this recording is from obviously suffered from drag (over successive generations) that slowed down the original tempo of the music. I recall many bootlegs over the years having issues with being either too fast or too slow compared w/what was played originally. BUT, despite those defects in the recordings, it just added another dimension to the sound of the bootleg that endeared me (at least) to them---this one is no different. I actually enjoy that this recording is a tad slow. The power of what they were doing is still backed up inspite of the flaw.
The banter after Black-throated Wind (played w/aplomb) is quite funny. Truckin>TOO is typically good, as it would be for the entirety of 1972---'72 is my fav year for The Other One.
Subject: Another gem
Subject: download it..
Subject: Distortion and hisssss...
Subject: The Main Ten!!
The Other One also rages. After the bass driven opening, the Dead jam HARD for about 2 minutes. It doesn't matter how many times I hear this type of jam from The Dead: I always get goose bumps as I pay homage to their shear mastery of their instruments as well as to their ingenuity and inventiveness of jam. There really was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. All ya gotta do is listen and you'll have an epiphany as to just how good these guys were. This entire year is jam after jam of raging Grateful Dead. I suggest you own it all.
Subject: Once you get past the
The Truckin>Drums>Other One segment also contains some neat improvisation. The 23-minute Other One contains more melodic jamming than your typical '72 version, plus there is some space after the 2nd verse, though no transition is made (Wharf Rat could have easily segued out of it). Despite the lackluster recording quality, slow speed, and tedious between-song chatter, this show is worth picking up, especially for Other One fans.
What's great about this show, is the feedback
during Loser. It gets so bad the band has to stop.
You can hear Bobby say, "Somebody is fucking up!"
Other than that the show is so-so.
Subject: A little slow
Subject: slop audio
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